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Braves' William Contreras: Out of lineup Saturday
Contreras isn't starting Saturday against the Mets.
Contreras went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Friday and will be excluded from the lineup for the second time in the last three games. Marcell Ozuna is serving as the designated hitter and batting seventh.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Kenley Jansen: Strikes out three for save
Jansen picked up the save Friday against the Mets, allowing a walk and a hit while striking out three in a scoreless inning.
Jansen picked up his 38th save Friday, the second-most saves in baseball this season. He allowed two baserunners and needed 24 pitches, 15 of which were strikes, to get the job done. After allowing two runs in an outing on Sep. 11 that ballooned his ERA to 3.91, the veteran has steadily lowered it to where it sits now at 3.54.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Matt Olson: Launches solo home run
Olson went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two total runs scored in Friday's victory over the Mets.
Olson's solo shot came in the second inning as the second of back-to-back homers with Austin Riley. He later scored on an Eddie Rosario sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. It was Olson's 31st homer of the season and his fourth in September. Friday's two-hit game extended his hitting streak to five games. During that span, the first baseman has gone 7-for-17 (.411). Prior to this recent streak, Olson had picked up just eight hits in his previous 20 games.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Austin Riley: Hits solo homer
Riley went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 5-2 win over the Mets.
Riley was the first of back-to-back homers with Matt Olson in the second inning Friday, putting Atlanta on the board. Riley has 38 homers on the year, which has him tied with Mike Trout for fourth in baseball. It was Riley's sixth homer in September. The third baseman has struggled this month, batting .206 with 28 strikeouts. During that span, his season batting average dropped from .289 to .275.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Dansby Swanson: Hits solo shot
Swanson went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 5-2 win over the Mets.
Swanson's homer came in the sixth inning and put Atlanta up 3-1. It was his 23rd homer of the season and his sixth in September. The shortstop started to regress over the last month, going 25-for-111 (.225) and 33 strikeouts. During that span, Swanson's batting average has dropped from .286 to .276 largely due to a lack of consistency. Despite his recent struggles, Swanson still remains a top fantasy shortstop with his combination of power and speed.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Max Fried: Exits with illness
Fried exited Friday's start against the Mets after five innings with an apparent illness, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.
He allowed four hits and one run while striking out three over five innings before exiting. Fried had only thrown 71 pitches, but he was seen vomiting into a trash can in the dugout in between innings, so it seems likely he caught a stomach bug. He lines up to pitch in the final game of the regular season Wednesday in Miami if he feels up to it.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Charlie Morton: Back with Atlanta for at least 2023
Morton agreed with Atlanta on a one-year, $20 million contract for the 2023 season that includes a $20 million club option for 2024.
Morton, who turns 39 in November, has a 4.29 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 200 strikeouts (ninth most in the majors) in 167.2 innings this season. The club option does not include a buyout.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Spencer Strider: Not throwing
Strider (oblique) has not been cleared to resume throwing, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Strider won't be returning during the regular season, but Atlanta hopes to make another deep playoff run, so Strider's status remains relevant. He has not pitched since Sept. 18 due to an oblique strain.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Kirby Yates: Throws bullpen Friday
Yates (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Yates has been sidelined since mid-September due to right elbow inflammation but has been hopeful that he'll be able to return this season. It's not yet clear whether he'll be available for the playoffs, but he's trending in the right direction and would likely be able to have a relatively normal offseason, even if he isn't cleared to return to game action.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Matt Olson: Crushes 30th home run
Olson went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 3-2, extra-inning loss against Washington.
The Atlanta slugger took an 0-2 fastball from Josiah Gray the opposite way to left field for his 30th home run of the season and tie the game at 1-1. Olson's bat has come back to life the last couple of days after he received a breather Sept. 24 in response to a .111/.210/.167 slash line in his first 81 September plate appearances. Since the breather, he is 5-for-14 with three extra-base hits.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Jake Odorizzi: Unable to finish four innings
Odorizzi did not factor into the decision Wednesday, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks over 3.2 innings in a 3-2 loss against the Nationals.
For the fourth start in a row, Odorizzi failed to complete five innings. Wednesday's struggles were highlighted by a 0:3 K:BB on the night, as manager Brian Snitker opted to turn to the bullpen in the fourth inning with Atlanta fighting for the division title. In nine starts since being traded to Atlanta, Odorizzi owns a 5.69 ERA with one win compared to three losses. He is tentatively scheduled to face Miami next week.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Eddie Rosario: Gaining traction in regular lineup
Rosario will start in left field and bat seventh in Wednesday's game against the Nationals, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
He's now picked up starts in each of Atlanta's last 13 matchups with right-handed pitchers, a firm indication that the lefty-hitting Rosario has settled back into the large side of a platoon in left field. The 31-year-old will take a six-game hitting streak into Wednesday's series finale.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Marcell Ozuna: Back on bench
Ozuna is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game in Washington, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Ozuna went 2-for-7 with a home run, a double, a walk and two RBI while starting against right-handed pitchers the past two days, but he'll cede designated hitter duties to Robbie Grossman in the series finale. Atlanta will likely take a committee approach to the DH spot over the final week of the regular season, making it difficult to depend on Ozuna seeing consistent at-bats.... See More ... See Less
Braves' Orlando Arcia: Overtakes Grissom on depth chart
Arcia will start at second base and bat eighth in Wednesday's game against the Nationals, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
Arcia appears to have taken over as Atlanta's primary option at the keystone, as he'll stick in the lineup against a right-handed pitcher for the third game in a row while slumping rookie Vaughn Grissom remains on the bench. After slugging home runs in both of the first two games in Washington, Arcia should continue to see steady run while he's wielding a hot bat.... See More ... See Less
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